Get the Daily News Digest in your inbox each morning. Sign Up

Ross, former early education leader, running for Alabama House

Jeana Ross, former leader of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, is running for the Alabama House.

Gov. Kay Ivey has yet to call a special election to replace Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, in House District 27 after he was elected to the state Senate in a special election last week.

But Ross was out early with a campaign announcement for the Marshall County district this morning.

“As a career educator, continuing Alabama’s improvements in our public schools is a passion of mine, but I will also focus on other important issues like combating illegal immigration, creating jobs, and protecting our traditional morals and conservative values,” Ross, a Republican from Guntersville, said in a written statement. “I believe strongly that if we begin teaching our children essential life skills at an early age, they will be prepared to fill long-lasting, well-paying, 21st Century jobs as adults, which keeps Alabama’s economy growing well into the future .”

Ross led the early learning department from 2012 until her retirement in 2020 and oversaw a push for more state funding for pre-K classrooms across the state. The number of classrooms grew from 217 when she took office in 2012 to 1,250 across all 67 counties when she ended her tenure in 2020, a 470% increase, according to her campaign.

The press release describes her as a committed Christian conservative, a former chair of the Marshall County Republican Party and an Alabama Republican Party executive committee member.
Her education career included teaching and administrative positions in Jackson County, Marshall County, Boaz City and Madison County school systems.

She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in education leadership from the University of Alabama.

Get the Daily News Digest in your inbox each morning.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Web Development By Infomedia